Behold the Heritage

Foundations of Education in the Dominican Tradition

Sister Elizabeth Anne Allen, O.P.

Sister Matthew Marie Cummings, O.P.

Behold the Heritage is a delightful collection of writings on the history and essence of Dominican education for all who delight in truth and relish the honor of sharing it with others as a teacher. An invaluable source of information, inspiration, and intellectual and spiritual joy, this marvelous anthology of works on evangelization and education from notable Dominicans, and from modern popes as well, shares the wisdom and glory of Thomism, of Dominican spirituality, and of those fundamental Gospel truths that all Catholics hold.

Praise for Behold the Heritage

Behold the Heritage is a treasure! We are indebted to Sister Elizabeth Anne Allen, O.P. and Sister Matthew Marie Cummings, O.P. for drawing together in one place a wealth of essays, spiritual writings, and Vatican documents about Catholic education in general and Dominican education in particular. This is a wonderful resource for teachers, administrators, and all those interested in the educational heritage of the Catholic Church.”

— Sr. John Mary Fleming, O.P.​, Executive Director, Secretariat of Catholic Education, USCCB

“At a time when truth and reason are ever more urgently needed in reshaping our world, this carefully selected anthology of writings form a vitally important theological, philosophical, scriptural, and pedagogical framework for all those called to the ministry of education. Representing nearly eight hundred years of Dominican thought in preaching the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, these works will enrich the culture of learning for students of the Catholic Dominican Tradition.”

— Bro. Ignatius Perkins, O.P.​, Ph.D., RN; Dean, School of Nursing, Aquinas College

“Having received my first nine years of formal schooling under the watchful eyes and character-building minds of dedicated Dominican sisters, and having drawn deep drafts from the wisdom of Sts. Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas in my adult writings, my personal debt to the sons and daughters of St. Dominic is incalculable. As I prepare to begin my own participation in Dominican education as a teacher of graduate students in education, I am extremely grateful to Sisters Matthew Marie and Elizabeth Anne for their deft compiling and editing of this tremendous resource.”

— Kevin Vost, Psy.D.​, author of Memorize the Faith! and St. Albert the Great, adjunct faculty of Aquinas College

About the Authors

Sister Elizabeth Anne Allen, O.P.

The Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia, to which the editors of this volume belong, has been engaged in Catholic education since its founding in 1860. The Sisters teach in 40 schools and colleges in 22 dioceses in the United States, Canada, Italy, and Australia. The primary mission of Aquinas College, where Sisters Matthew Marie and Elizabeth Anne teach, is to provide an atmosphere of learning permeated with faith, directed to the intellectual, moral, spiritual, and professional formation of the human person.

Sister Matthew Marie Cummings, O.P.

The Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia, to which the editors of this volume belong, has been engaged in Catholic education since its founding in 1860. The Sisters teach in 40 schools and colleges in 22 dioceses in the United States, Canada, Italy, and Australia. The primary mission of Aquinas College, where Sisters Matthew Marie and Elizabeth Anne teach, is to provide an atmosphere of learning permeated with faith, directed to the intellectual, moral, spiritual, and professional formation of the human person.